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Associate Professor

College of Medicine Phx Basic Medical Sciences


  • Post-Doctoral: Cerebrovascular Physiology, Department of Pharmacology, University of California, 2001 – 2005.
  • PhD: Vascular Biology, Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of New Mexico School of Medicine, 2000.


  • Liu Q and Gonzales RJ. Targeting mitogen-activated protein kinase in acute ischemic stroke. Acta Physiologica (2016) Dec 30. doi: 10.1111/apha.12848 [Epub ahead of print], PMID28035739
  • Liu Q, Jin WN,  Liu Y,  Shi K, Sun H, Zhang F, Zhang C, Gonzales RJ, Sheth KN, La Cava A, Shi FD. Brain ischemia suppresses natural killer cell-mediated immunity after stroke. Immunity; accepted for publication (2017) Mar 21;46(3):474-487. doi: 10.1016/ j.immuni.2017.02.015, PMID28314594
  • Jin WN, Shi SX, Li M, Wood K, Gonzales RJ, and Liu Q. Depletion of microglia exacerbates post ischemic inflammation and brain injury. Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism (2017) Jan 1:271678X17694185. doi: 10.1177/0271678X17694185. [Epub ahead of print], PMID28273719
  • Dickinson JM, D'Lugos AC, Mahmood TN, Ormsby JC, Salvo L, Dedmon WL, Patel SH, Katsma MS, Mookadam F, Gonzales RJ, Hale TM, Carroll CC, Angadi SS. Exercise Protects Skeletal Muscle during Chronic Doxorubicin Administration. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2017 Jul 31. doi: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000001395. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 28767526
  • Li HD, Li M, Shi E, Jin WN, Wood K, Gonzales RJ, Liu Q. A translocator protein 18 kDa agonist protects against cerebral ischemia/reperfusion injury. J Neuroinflammation. 2017 Jul 28;14(1):151. doi: 10.1186/s12974-017-0921-7. PMID: 28754131

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Research Interests

Vascular biology, cerebrovascular disease, vascular inflammation